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Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure by: – March 24, 2011 Share Two workers at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been taken to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation.The pair had been attempting to restore the cooling system in reactor 3, which was damaged by the quake on 11 March.Several workers have now been hurt on the site, an indication of the scale of the task facing them.Radiation levels in Tokyo’s water supply have now fallen, but remain high in other areas of northern Japan.The official death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami has now risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing.Japan’s nuclear safety agency said three workers had been injured when their feet came into contact with radiation-contaminated water while laying cables in the turbine area of reactor 3.They were exposed to radiation levels of 170-180 millisieverts, he said, which is lower than the maximum level permitted for workers on the site of 250 millisieverts. Two of the workers were taken to hospital.“Although they wore protective clothing, the contaminated water seeped in and their legs were exposed to radiation,” said a spokesman.“Direct exposure to radiation usually leads to inflammation and so that’s why they were sent to the hospital to be treated.”Most people are exposed to 2 millisieverts over the average year, while 100 millisieverts is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.The condition of the injured workers was not immediately known.Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the situation was “very regrettable”.‘Serious concern’The power plant’s cooling systems failed after the quake and tsunami, leading to the reactors overheating.Power has now been restored to the site, but work to restart the coolers in reactor 3 was briefly suspended on Wednesday after a plume of black smoke was seen coming from it.Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, later allowed workers to re-enter after establishing there was no fire and that radiation level in the area had not risen.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there had been some “positive developments” at the site but that the situation was still “of serious concern”.The plant is 250km (155 miles) north-east of the capital, Tokyo. The government has declared a 20km exclusion zone and evacuated tens of thousands of people. Those living up to 30km away have been told to stay indoors to minimise exposure.People in Fukushima prefecture have been told not to eat 11 types of green leafy vegetables grown locally because of contamination worries. Local producers have been ordered not to send the goods to market.Tokyo residents were warned on Wednesday not to give tap water to babies less than a year old because levels of radioactive iodine – which can cause thyroid cancer – are twice the recommended safe level in some areas of the city.Officials stressed that children would have to drink a lot of it before it harmed them and urged people not to panic-buy. But supermarket shelves were reported to have been cleared of bottled water by Thursday morning.“Customers ask us for water. But there’s nothing we can do,” Masayoshi Kasahara, a supermarket worker in Tokyo told Reuters.“We are asking for more deliveries but we don’t know when the next shipment will come.”Emergency sheltersRadiation readings on Thursday showed levels in water in Tokyo had fallen back below the danger level, but the municipal authorities are distributing thousands of bottles of water to households with infants.The authorities in the nearby city of Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture, also reported radiation levels above safety norms in its water supply on Thursday.Concern is also growing among Japan’s neighbours. Australia has become the latest country to ban food imports from the affected region.Police believe the final death toll from Japan’s twin disaster may be more than 18,000.Most of the deaths – 5,700 – have been reported in the prefecture of Miyagi. Three thousand bodies have been found in Iwate prefecture, and 776 in Fukushima.At least 18,000 houses were destroyed and 130,000 damaged, and more than 200,000 people are living in emergency shelters.The Japanese government has said it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen ($309bn; £189bn) to rebuild the country after the disaster.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

The SBC Awards provides the perfect Christmas party in London

first_img Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share The sports betting industry is gearing up for its annual celebration at the SBC Awards, held on Tuesday 5 December at The Artillery Garden in central London, which doubles up as the perfect Christmas party for everyone involved in the sector.The presentation of 17 Supplier awards, 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and three SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame inductees might take centre stage, but all delegates will also be treated to a sparkling wine and cocktail reception, an exclusive three-course seated dinner, Christmas themed snacks, and a renowned London DJ.The evening’s entertainment will extend to a bespoke ‘Boogie Wonder Nights’ show created by Full circle, while The Artillery Garden at The HAC, the latest in a line of stunning capital city venues used by SBC Events, even comes complete with in-built dodgems.Paul Mills, Chief Operating Officer at SBC, said: “Attendees can expect an amazing night at the SBC Awards with the champagne flowing on arrival at the welcome reception, free bar all night, superb three course meal and spectacular entertainment. “The Boogie Wonder Nights festive theme will create an electric atmosphere for guests to celebrate a great year for the sports betting industry and kick off the Christmas celebrations in style. As well as the DJ, we have the fantastic Boogie Wonder Nights dance act to wow the audience, while we must not forget the dodgems ride which will prove to be a big hit.”OPTIMA and Golden Race have been confirmed as headline sponsors of the #sbcawards2017, while the list of companies to book a table already includes VSoftCo, Racing Post, HiPay, Perform, Square in the Air, Trustly, InBet Games, Vermantia, FavBet, bet365, Sporting Solutions and Jeton.All companies interested in joining this Christmas themed industry celebration are being encouraged to act quickly to avoid disappointment, while there is an even greater level of urgency surrounding the nomination phase, which draws to a close on Friday 6 October.Once this deadline has passed, the Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote by anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the Supplier Awards will be assessed by a hand-picked panel of experts.This judging panel features the CEO’s from Bets10, Better Collective, OLBG, Superscommesse, Betaland, BetBright, BetCris, FavBet, Fortuna, Mr Green, Mybet, PariMatch, Pinnacle, SNAI, Spiffx, Sports Interaction, Star Sports Bet, TopBetta, BetConstruct, Golden Race, OPTIMA and Don Best.To submit nominations please click HEREAnyone wishing to book a table to celebrate an outstanding year for the sports betting industry and invite colleagues or contacts to a great early Christmas party, email sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information. StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more